We’re always looking for new ways to make our homes kinder to the environment. If you’re designing a new bathroom from scratch, it’s a great opportunity to consider how you can play your part by incorporating eco-friendly products into your design.
1. Water-efficient toilets: All new toilets come with dual flush, which can save families thousands of litres of water per year. If you’re not upgrading your entire bathroom and you have an older model toilet with full-flush only, there are some low-cost devices available that can be installed in your cistern to reduce the amount of water used for each flush.
Did you know?
At Caroma, we pride ourselves on having been pioneers in water saving bathroom technologies. We developed the first dual flush toilet way back in 1980. This system saves approximately 32,000 litres of water per household per year, due to the use of full or half flush technology which allows the option of an 11L or 5.5L flush.
2. Water-saving showers and tapware: When choosing new tapware, the WELS (Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme) ratings are a good way to compare products. The WELS label contains efficiency stars and water consumption or water flow figures. The one - six star rating allows a quick assessment of the model's water efficiency - the more stars on the label the more water efficient the product. Another option, if you’re not replacing fittings, is to have aerators or flow controllers installed on your existing tapware, which will significantly reduce your water usage.
3. Energy efficiency: About 25% of energy consumption in Australian homes is from heating water. Installing a modern energy-efficient hot water system instead of an electric heater is essential to making your bathroom eco-friendlier. Options include:
4. Maximise natural resources: Incorporate a skylight and/or windows that opens to maximise on light and ventilation. Not only will your bathroom be flooded with natural light and fresh air, but you’ll be doing your extra little bit for the environment by using less lighting and mechanical ventilation.
5. Upcycle: Repurposing furniture is a gorgeous way to reuse and recycle in a bathroom, rather than use brand new cabinetry. Pre-loved furniture makes for a great vanity, with a stone top and basin added, or a freestanding cupboard is always great for additional storage.